Posted by admin | December 29, 2010 | No Comments » |
With the basketball, professional football and hockey season overlapping right now, almost everyone is looking for a place to escape the snowy weather and cozy up to a flat-screen to watch their favorite athletes compete. If you and your friends must leave your downtown Chicago condos to root on the Hawks, Bears and Bulls, here are some good places to start!
The Pony – To catch a Blackhawks’ game, try this sleek neighborhood sports bar in Lakeview. For hockey fans that live in downtown Chicago condos, the short trip to this North neighborhood is worth it to root for you team amongst other diehard fans. Wooden finishes and a copper bar make it a homey place to wear your jersey, while TVs at every table ensure that you won’t miss a play!
Duke’s – Another northside neighborhood bar, Duke’s on Clark Street is a great for groups. Large tables and booths can host a group of friends, and food and drink specials make it affordable, especially on weeknights. If you like sports and buffalo wings, head there on Wednesday—50 cent wings with a house-made sauce are available all night!
Joe’s Bar – One of Chicago’s largest and most famous sports bars is Joe’s—you can catch virtually any game that might be on at this Chicago institution. It is the meeting ground for many fan clubs for different college and professional teams from around the country, but primarily, Joe’s supports Chicago’s teams. $2 pitchers of beer on Tuesdays, tons of space and tables, and great live music make it good place to catch a game and then stick around to celebrate or commiserate about the outcome!
Bull and Bear – Although it is relatively new to the scene, having only been around for a couple of years, Bull and Bear’s name obviously hints to the fact that is a Chicago sports bar (and also that it serves the financial set). You’ll find the young professionals of the Loop meeting here after work for happy hour but also coming back to watch their favorite Chicago teams do battle. Table taps of beer are one of the most popular features, allowing you to serve yourself draughts as you root for your team. The creative menu is also a highlight—expect American classics with a twist, like a 14-inch grilled cheese sandwich and tomato soup, made to slice , dip and share.
Theory – For a modern sports bar experience, Theory offers a swanky, sports-watching venue in the Near North Side. The space is comfortable enough to watch sports all day long, but also chic enough to see and be scene, so its great for mixed groups of hardcore sports aficionados and casually interested fans. Over 20 plasma screen TVs ensure that you can see your team from any of the comfy leather booths, and the Mexican-American comfort food will be sure to satisfy.
Sweetwater – On a glassed-in corner of Michigan Avenue, you can watch sports, drink beer and enjoy one of Chicago’s most exclusive locations while at Sweetwater. The focus is the bar’s expansive beer selection—for lovers of craft beers or cheap beers, there is something on the menu. Along with great brews, the venue offers a 140-seat beer garden and a glassed-in room for 16 with tons of TVs, so groups of any size can find a place catch kickoff. And after the game, you have immediate access to the best of Chicago’s Michigan Avenue area.